HOUSTON, Texas -- Mexican Jorge Arce didn’t mince words saying he is in the best shape of his life and looking for a definite knockout win against Filipino Nonito Donaire Jr.
The “Filipino Flash” has never been put down, but Arce said there is always a first time.
"I'm ready for winning by knockout. He'll be surprised," said the Mexican brawler. "My left is very strong, my right is very strong."
Donaire is just as confident.
As part of his preparation, he visualizes the movement and combinations on the ring and goes over this again and again so come fight night his reactions will be automatic.
"Alam ko na yung movements n'ya eh. Kung ano 'yung suntok n'ya, left or right... Kung right man, alam ko na kung ano ang ika-counter ko. Kung left man, alam ko na rin kung anong gagawin ko, so parang kung makikita ko 'yung [suntok] natural reaction ko na ang lalabas," said Donaire.
Donaire doesn’t want to leave the outcome to the judges he is also going for a knockout.
"Kasi maraming Meksikano dito eh so gusto kong i-knockout si Arce for that reason. Kasi hindi ko alam kung makukuha ko ang decision pagkatapos ng laban kahit unanimous 'yung laban ko," he said.
Two days before the big fight, Donaire takes extra care of his body.
He does regular active release therapy and cold laser treatment to ensure his muscles, bones and joints are all good.
He is also eating well and doesn’t see any trouble making the 122-pound limit for the weigh-in.
"I'm still eating so okay lang sa akin. I add two pounds, four pounds if i'm eating," said Donaire.
Donaire knows there will probably be more Mexicans in the arena, but even if the bout were in Mexico he is ready.
Arce promised to win the belt for his youngest child who is celebrating his birthday on the day of the fight.
Donaire wants a resounding victory to give Filipinos more reason to celebrate this Christmas.